Adina Burke is a self proclaimed crippled punk poet who resides with her two cats and one hell of an expanding shoe collection in Minneapolis, her work strives to redefine how poetry is viewed through the lens of the mainstream.
Beats by Girlz
Beats by Girlz is a non-traditional, creative and educational music technology curriculum, collective, and community template desined to empower females to engage with music technology. We provide young women with guidance, access , tools and role-support to develop their interest (and ultimately their ability to pursue career opportunities) in music production, composition and engineering. We are working towards gender equity in a field where women are highly underrepresented and strive to help other groups mobilize and create similar change in their own communities.
Pronouns: She/her, them/they
Black Diary showcases intricate vocal harmonies amidst a backdrop of stripped down integral guitar, creating a tender yet haunting, emotionally-driven sound.
Christine Hoberg is a Superior native currently in Minneapolis who has self-produced four albums and recorded and written on multiple records, including her co-write Clair de Lune with duo Flight Facilities which has been Platinum certified. She teaches music production to girls and queer youth through the program Beats by Girlz.
Dear Rosetta is the matured voice of a decade old and ever evolving experimental jazz project started by Rachel Phoenix and Brynn Sias.
Desdamona is an international recording and performing Hip Hop & Spoken Word Artist based in the Twin Cities. She co-founded B-Girl Be (2005), a festival celebrating women's contributions to Hip Hop culture and has received multiple MN Music Awards & grants to support her work in stage and in classrooms throughout the US.
Born to a Lebanese father and American mother, she grew up in the small town of Madelia, MN. She began taking vocal lessons at age 8 and continued them through high school. She then earned her degree in Vocal Performance at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, studying Opera. Upon graduation, she found work performing in numerous Operettas and Music Theater productions.
Small towns gave way to big cities as the itch to prove herself led her to relocate to New York City. With the change in place came an unexpected change in focus. Elizabeth stumbled upon the city's robust folk scene and, inspired by what she heard, expanded her musical skills to include songwriting and playing guitar. Newly enthused, she brought her own brand of music back to Minnesota, to the Twin Cities.
With a rich, cultivated voice often compared to Joni Mitchell for its range or Joan Baez for its emotive qualities, and with lyrics contemplating everything from the prosaic to the profound, Elizabeth's music fully acknowledges the heritage of her chosen genre. But while reverent to folk history, her songwriting has also moved on, establishing her own voice with songs that are accessible yet... different, influenced by her classical training and multicultural heritage.
Emily Haavik is a singer-songwriter from Duluth who has recently transplanted to Minneapolis. She is joined by good friends and co-musicians Lisa Wentworth on vocals and Alyssa Mesedahl on violin.
Glitter Lung brings the rock with strong vocals, skillful musicianship (each member plays multiple instruments, switching between vocals, guitars, drums and trumpet) and original songs designed to bring down the patriarchy.
Born near Winnipeg, raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and later based in St. Paul, Minnesota, singer/songwriter Haley Bonar is in the same musical orbit of the dreamy Minnesotans Low. (Her debut album, The Size of Planets, was even released on Low leader Alan Sparhawk's own label, Chairkicker's Union.) However, her sparse take on folk-rock displays little of Low's narcotic gloom, and more pertinent comparisons include Mazzy Star, Shannon Wright, and Elliott Smith. Accompanying herself alternately on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, or various keyboards, Bonar delivers her minor-key tunes and elliptical lyrics in a haunting, delicate voice at times reminiscent of both Aimee Mann and Gillian Welch.
Bonar moved from South Dakota to the Twin Cities to attend college as an English literature major, but when Sparhawk met the young singer/songwriter at a showcase for young talent, he offered her a spot opening for Low on an upcoming tour. Barely out of her teens, Bonar left school and began working with Sparhawk (who provided some additional guitar loops) and Low producer Eric Swanson on her debut album, The Size of Planets, which was released in 2003. An even more accomplished follow-up, Lure the Fox, followed in late 2006, and Bonar subsequently toured alongside fellow musician Andrew Bird; she also contributed vocals to Bird's 2007 effort Armchair Apocrypha. She released her third album, 2008's Big Star, at the age of 24, followed by a pair of self-released EPs. Golder arrived in 2011, after which she also began fronting Gramma's Boyfriend, a band with guitarist/keyboardists Jacob Hanson and Jeremy Ylvisaker, bassist Mark Erickson, and drummer Luke Anderson. Her fifth solo long-player, Last War, appeared in early 2014, and 2016's Impossible Dream continued in the vein of that album's more muscular, indie rock sound.
Hanna creates ukulele arrangements of jazz standards offering a refreshing approach to a timeless instrument and genre.
Kat Fox is an aggressively feminist hip hop artist. She likes coffee and that episode of spongebob with doodle bob in it.
LASKA from Eau Claire, WI provide the perfect soundtrack for embracing the beauty in pain. Songwriting sisters Hannah, Bex and Mookie weave influences of Alternative, Americana and Desert Rock with raw emotion in their songs. They are all confident vocalists knowing what each will bring to the table to sing lead, but also support one another with beautifully hard-hitting harmonies. Topping off the harmonic sheen is an instrumental arsenal including violin, guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele. Combine this with an un-apologetic rhythm section in tow and the whole of this band is far greater than the sum of its parts.
Weaving the influences of her rural Minnesota roots with her love of 90s indie rock, textured guitars, and confessional lyrics, Niki Becker creates thoughtfully arranged garage pop songs that are heartening, sweet, a little sad, and delightful
Oshkii Giizhik Singers
Paper Parlor is a working class psychedelic band dedicated to getting every booty shaking regardless of who is listening. Come get your gender non-specific party on with the Parlor.
Pronouns: She/her, He/him
Priscilla Momah is a soulful song weaver originally from the Twin Cities who cultivates a space for tranquility and Love to be perpetuated through song, art and movement.
A rock and roll band.
Pronouns: they/them, she/her
the She Shells
The She Shells deliver their raw, rootsy, dripped down ballads with the bare essentials of piano, guitar and vocals Blending their earthy voices Thea Ennen and Lisa Kane play through the changes in songs of love, life and tribulation.
Sing! A Woman's Chorus
Founded in 1999 by director Mags David, Sing! A Women’s Chorus is based in the Duluth Public Schools Community Education program. Music is learned through the oral tradition. We sing traditional music from the U.S., Europe, and West Africa, and original songs written for the chorus by Mags David.
South of Superior
Superior Siren is an all-female eerie folk project created on the shores of Lake Superior. The sound involves alluring vocals and mesmerizing blends of strings and percussion.
Venus de Mars, leader of the glam-punk/trans-band Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses, along with her wife, is the subject of rock-doc Venus of Mars , and is currently in the process of writing a memoir.